Illegal sand mining: SC seeks response from Centre, five States

Notice issued to Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh The Supreme Court on July 24 sought a response from the Centre and five States on a plea for a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into rampant illegal beach and river sand mining which was causing severe ecological imbalance, disturbance in water tables […]


Sand, a global sustainability challenge: UN report

The report notes that China and India head the list of critical hotspots for sand extraction impacts in rivers, lakes and on coastlines. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Tuesday released a report, Sand and Sustainability: Finding new solutions for environmental governance of global sand resources, that highlights a problem that has largely stayed […]


The dangers of shifting sand

Sumaira Abdulali and her NGO, Awaaz Foundation, are known for activism on noise pollution. In a noisy city, she has been the go-to person for information and reactions, and her work is cited by experts. But for almost as long, she has been fighting for another cause: the environmental damage of rampant sand mining. Last […]


Kerala: NGT seeks report on sand mining

The bench took cognizance of a report in The Indian Express titled, “17-year-old’s video gets Kerala talking of impact of sand mining”. Taking suo motu cognizance of a report in The Indian Express, the National Green Tribunal on Wednesday sought a reply from the Kollam District Magistrate on the environmental impact of sand mining in […]